Trails, Tales, Navigation and Conservation
Big Shakeout 2017Learn skills and share stories with the Peak District's rangers and conservationists in the world's most beautiful classroom
The Peak District is treasured for its rocky and rugged landscapes, rolling hills, and dramatic valleys. World-class climbing and challenging mountain biking is scattered throughout our national park, whilst diverse walking terrain, breath-taking views, and a wealth of plant and wildlife are never far away.
This year Peak District rangers, conservationists, story-tellers, and quiz masters - among others - will be coming along to the Big Shakeout Festival at Thornbridge Outdoors, spreading collective appreciation, adoration, and awareness of our glorious National Park among merrymakers and revellers alike.
The Peak District National Park Authority is the organisation behind the conservation and enhancement of the wildlife, and cultural heritage of the 555 square miles of Peak District (that's quite big!). They'll be offering sessions on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September where you can learn to enjoy, navigate, and care for the countryside. The sessions will take place in the most beautiful classroom we could find: the outdoors.
Whether you're curious about the ancient craft behind the dry stone walls strewn across the countryside; you can't tell a map from a broadsheet newspaper; you want to share your passion for the Peak; or you're wondering how to care for your national park, we're prepared to wager that these activities will be your cup of tea.
If recounting swashbuckling adventures and competing in quizzes is what gets you up in the morning, your needs are equally catered for in the Tee Pee Storytelling session and the Peak District Quiz.
Suitable for the absolute laymen to the weathered enthusiast, the youngsters to the oldsters, sessions include dry stone walling, conservation skills, navigation challenges, and guided walks where you can learn about the park's heritage.
Places in the sessions are limited and can be booked here.
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Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the Big Shakeout. As a Shaker Maker you’ll ensure guests leave the festival having experienced an unforgettable event. Click here to find out more.